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Wednesday, 05 September 2007 21:39
From the perspective of the North or South Pole, every year is essentially one long day that lasts half a year and one long night lasting the other half. This has enormous impact on how much solar energy is received in different times of year, which in turn influences physical processes, such as the freezing and thawing of snow and ice, biological processes, such as migration, and the lives of people who live in polar regions. If the Earth were perpendicular on its axis, everywhere on the planet would receive an equal amount of sunshine (and darkness) every day. But because of the tilt of the Earth on its axis (currently 23.5 degrees off the perpendicular), only two days a year — the Equinoxes every spring and fall — have equal amounts of sunshine everywhere. ...
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 11:32
The purpose of our study is to understand how Arctic predators respond to variations in oceanographic conditions. We will be studying Little Auks (Alle alle) at two sites, along the West coast of Spitsbergen and along the East coast of Greenland. We will be comparing the diets, foraging behavior and reproductive success at these two contrasting sites. The Greenland birds feed in cold Arctic water and the Spitsbergen birds feed in warmer water. We are collaborating with researchers from many different countries. We have a blog to decribe our activities which we will update during our expedition. The team at the Spitsbergen site is made up of undergradute students and Prof. Nina Karnovsky from Pomona College, CA. The team at the Greenland site is led by Ann Harding and will ha...
Friday, 22 June 2007 11:50
Celebrate the summer solstice and come and see the longest day of the year. Hourly images collected and recorded in the Windows Around the World program let us see and compare daylength from Hawaii to above the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories, CA. The attached worksheet shows the images collected during the summer solstice in 2006. Summer_Solstice.pdf __ Thanks to Juanita Urban-Rich for this post: Juanita is co-developer of Windows Around the World, a web-based exchange program for elementary students that uses visual images. She will use this Blog to suggest ways you can ...
Published in IPY Blogs
Monday, 11 June 2007 22:22
A new book for children focusing on the Global Warming has recently been published. It forms part of the “Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series which explores challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. Why Are the Polar Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming Written by Anne Rockwell Illustrated by Paul Meisel ISBN-13: 978-0-06-054671-7 Quote on back cover: “The earth is getting hotter, and not just in the summer. The climate in your hometown is changing. But why is this happening, and can we stop it? Read and find out!” The pictures are engaging! The book contains an explanation of the greenhouse effect and the many ways the earth is changing or has cha...
Monday, 30 April 2007 03:46
Dr. Diane McKnight, Antarctic Scientist at the University of Colorado - Boulder, has been inspiring people to study the Antarctic region for nearly two decades. She continues to do so through her wonderful new book The Lost Seal. The Lost Seal children's story describes the first documented encounter with a live seal in the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. This educational story tells of one seal's travels in the Antarctic desert and provides an engaging framework for conveying how different Antarctica and the Dry Valleys are from the environments with which children are familiar. "Research scientists camped at the desolate McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica studying the local lakes and streams are one day surprised to find a young Weddell seal in t...
Tuesday, 20 March 2007 22:14
Educational resources and activities By following-up on the expedition's progress, teachers and their students will learn about various polar topics of importance. All through the Arctic Arc expedition (from February to June 2007), teaching tools, multimedia animations, picture galleries, ...
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 19:15
Educational resources and activities By following-up on the expedition's progress, teachers and their students will learn about various polar topics of importance. All through the Arctic Arc expedition (from February to June 2007), teaching tools, multimedia animations, picture galleries, inte...
Published in News And Announcements
Monday, 19 March 2007 18:29
Far North Science publishes news, stories, observations and links about science, research and natural events in Alaska and the Arctic. It is edited and written mainly by Doug O’Harra, a long-time Alaska journalist based in Anchorage and a previous winner of the science journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The site publishes new stories almost every day, and includes links to the latest science developments reported by national and international media. As an educational resource, Far North Science stories emphasize outside links to original sources and previous coverage. One goal is to make each post work as a portal into its subject area for students, teachers...
Monday, 19 March 2007 17:56
The Polar Bear project is an education project, where schools interact with a remote field team, through live broadcasts, interaction via website and internet meetings, using satellite and other field reporting technology. The students tell the field team what materials they need. The field team finds it with the hunters, reindeer herders and their communities, using dog sleds, boats and snow scooters. The raw material from the field, the interaction between students and field and the students final results are all stored on a central website. This builds an open learning resource, directed by the needs of the students, with real, up-to-date material. Photos ...
Saturday, 17 March 2007 16:21
Cape Farewell Education aims to: facilitate learning about climate change and participation in the climate change debate among teachers and pupils in UK schools. give school students a voice in the climate change debate and to enable them to take what they have learnt and talked about back home into their communities and families spread enthusiasm and strategies for learning about climate change throughout UK schools. We have a number of resources available to teachers and pupils Life in the Water is a GSCE Science resource commissioned by Nuffield Curriculum Centre and developed with scientists at the National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton as part of the 21st centu...
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